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Michael Shepherd

About Michael Shepherd

Michael Shepherd joined the Bangor Daily News in 2015 after covering state, federal and local issues for the Kennebec Journal for three years. He's a Hallowell native who now lives in Gardiner. He graduated from the University of Maine in 2012 and is a graduate student at the University of Southern Maine's Muskie School of Public Service.

LePage moves ahead with bid to gain Trump’s OK for stricter Medicaid rules

Maine will ask President Donald Trump’s administration to let it further rein in the state’s Medicaid program, announcing on Tuesday that the Department of Health and Human Services will have a comment period and two public hearings in May ahead of a formal request. The move was no surprise: Gov. Paul LePage’s administration announced its plan in January […]

Why legislating mining in Maine is so hard, in one survey

Good morning from Augusta, where a University of Maine student has informed the simmering debate on proposed mineral mining legislation with some of the only detailed survey data that we’ve seen on the subject. It shows what you might suspect — mining is a complicated issue with many trade-offs in the eyes of Mainers. That […]

Shorter lifetime limit, pot ban among latest Maine welfare change proposals

Good morning from Augusta, where a mass gathering is expected at the State House for hearings on a number of bills that would make changes to Maine’s social services programs, particularly Temporary Assistance for Needy Families. By our count, there are at least 10 bills related to TANF on today’s public hearing docket, which begins […]

Would LePage’s lower energy rate for businesses drive up your bill?

Good morning from Augusta, where Gov. Paul LePage is now two-thirds of the way through an agenda-driving media blitz after a long Thursday news conference on energy that yielded a vague plan that many in Augusta are still unraveling. The biggest bit of news was that LePage told reporters that he wants to cap industrial […]

Maine’s Franco voters still hold great sway, and they are increasingly up for grabs

Bonjour d’Augusta, where it’s Franco-American Day at the Maine State House, which will fill for bilingual legislative sessions, inductions into the Maine Franco-American Hall of Fame with musical performances in the hallways and tourtière in the cafe. The event is a nod to the broad demographic comprising nearly a quarter of Maine’s population, making them […]

Collins’ goal if she runs for Maine governor? ‘Heal the state’

U.S. Sen. Susan Collins again demurred on questions about a 2018 gubernatorial run in a Tuesday radio interview, but she said if she ran, her goal would be to “heal the state and bring people back together.” It was the Republican’s most pensive statement yet on a long-discussed potential run to replace the term-limited Gov. Paul LePage. The moderate’s nod to […]

Poll: LePage as popular as ever; King eclipses Collins

Good morning from Augusta, where Maine’s political pecking order was illuminated on Tuesday with the first nationwide popularity polls for governors and senators since the 2016 election. A new round of polling from Morning Consult found that Gov. Paul LePage is carrying a 48 percent approval rating and that Angus King is now the fifth […]

Unhappy with LePage budget, Maine Democrats to unveil their own

Good morning from Augusta, where legislative Democrats are promising to unveil an alternative to Gov. Paul LePage’s budget proposal today as Republicans say they’re drawing a thick line on eliminating the voter-approved 3 percent surtax on income over $200,000 to fund education. This is becoming a regular piece of budget negotiations in Augusta: It’ll come […]

So, who is this young Republican who wants to unseat Angus King?

Good morning from Augusta, where Maine has its first real 2018 campaign with state Sen. Eric Brakey kicking off a steep underdog bid today to unseat independent U.S. Sen. Angus King. We reported the 28-year-old’s campaign launch last night, but there was more in the notebook from our Saturday interview with the Republican from Auburn. […]